1915 Diary of S. An-sky: A Russian Writer of the Eastern Front #galicia
Jan Meisels Allen
In reading a blog about World War l (Roads to the Great War), I came
across a book review about a recently published book that might be of
interest to those with Galician roots: 1915, Diary of S. An-sky: A Russian
Writer at the Eastern Front. The book is translated >from the Russian and
published by Indiana University Press. I have not yet read the book.
Some of us may recall the name of S. Ansky which is the pen name of
Shloyme Zanvil Rapoport (1863-1920) a Jewish writer and revolutionary
who was born in Chashniki, Belarus about 150 miles east of Vilnius,
Lithuania. Some may be familiar with his books the Dybbuk and The
Enemy at His Pleasure: A Journey Through the Jewish Pale of
Settlement During World War l.
S. An-sky kept a diary of the war years >from 1914 until his death. The
new book is a translation of the part of that diary that survived, 1
January to 8 March 1915 and 9 September to 10 October 1915. The
originals are in the Russian State Archives of Literature and Art in
Moscow. What he wrote about is when the tsarist soldiers invaded
Galicia and occupied the province of Gorlice-Tarnow. Nearly 58 percent
of the province's civil servants were Jewish. Those who stayed were
stripped of citizenship rights and the right to engage in business under
the laws of the Russian occupation. Through his diary the reader learns
of the hard living >from day-to-day especially for the Jewish population
who went >from having equal rights under the Austria-Hungary Empire to
no rights under Russian rule. The book gives the "civilian experience"
and a prelude to the Holocaust and discrimination in Eastern Europe.
To read the review see: http://tinyurl.com/hspwvp5
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The book, 1915, Diary of S. An-sky: A Russian Writer at the Eastern
Front, is available >from Amazon.com for under $20.00 USD.
I have no affiliation with Indiana University Press nor Amazon.com.
Again, I have not yet read this new book (released March 28, 2016).
Jan Meisels Allen
Agoura Hills, CA USA
MEISELS, SEGALLA/SIGALL, LIEBERMAN - Brody, Ukraine; REICH, WALD,
ZUPNIK - Presov, Mestiszko, Szivdnik, Salgo, Sebes Kellemes, Slovakia
(formerly Hungary); KLAJNMAN, MICHELBERG, SYK, SZLANG,
TYKULSKIER - Sochaczew, Chorzele, Zakroczym, Poland; FREJER, IMJAK,
WILAMOWSKY, KREPLAK - Stawiski, Poland; SZAPIRA, SOBOTKO,
PIATKOWSKA, PERLA, ASZ, WAPNIARZ - Lomza, Poland; GUTFARB -
Zambrow, Poland; ASZ - Nasielsk, Poland; ELION - Suwalki, Poland
MODERATOR NOTE: See the JewishGen SIG Archives
(http://data.jewishgen.org/wconnect/wc.dll?jg~jgsys~sigspop) for past
discussions on this list of Anski's work to document the plight of
of Galician Jews during World War I.